Ready for an adventure? Just getting to this campground is a little bit epic. First, you have to board a boat at one of the five places that offer passenger service to the island: Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, or Captiva Island. The ride is $40, and reservations are required. If you’re prone to seasickness, don’t forget your Dramamine so you can enjoy sailing through the crystal waters of the Gulf. After disembarking at the barrier island dock, you need to travel a mile to the campground. Unless you’re eating nothing but snacks from the gift shop, you’ll probably have a hefty load of supplies. We recommend catching the tram, which shuttles campers and gear to the campground between 9am and 4pm. As soon as you arrive, you’ll realize how worth the trek it was. Whether you’re bunking at one of the 12 rustic cabins (which sleep up to six people) or posting up at the campground by the beach, you’re finally, totally, away from it all. Neither the cabins or campsites have electricity, which make the stars all the more bright. You’ll never want to car-camp again.
Lodging provided
Cabin, Tent or RV sites
39 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


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Hipcamper Lavonne
Lavonne E.
recommends this listing.
April 20th, 2017

If you don't have your own boat, you will need to make ferry reservations to get to the island. Ferries leave from Captiva, Punta Gorda, Boca Grande and Pine Island.

Fishing off the beach in paradise!
Hipcamper Jane
Jane J.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 29th, 2015

Cayo Costa is a treasure. The camp store has very limited food supplies so come prepared. Ice ($4) and firewood ($9) are available. So are bikes and kayaks.

Early morning shelling along the southern end of the Gulf beach can't be beat. The secluded beaches on the north side of the island can be reached by bike. Gorgeous beaches on the north and west side of the island. One of the unexpected surprises of this island are the bike trails. We brought our own bikes on the ferry for an additional fare of $10 each but it also possible to rent bikes on the island from the camp store.
Hipcamper Colleen J.
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September 5th, 2018
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November 26th, 2018
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Cayo Costa State Park
United States
Phone Number
(941) 964-0375
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26.686° N, 82.257° W
Unknown price
Cabin & Lodging: 12 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)
Unknown price
Tent / Van: 27 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)